Regional Human Rights Systems: Protectors of Human Rights, or of National and Regional Identities - or both?

PluriCourts Lunch Seminar with Andreas Føllesdal

When and how do regional human rights override domestic cultures and domestic decisions to secure human rights – and how should they do so? The recent trend to renationalize authority - populist and otherwise – require regional human rights systems to reconsider how they handle a perennial dilemma. On the one hand, they should uphold states’ human rights commitments in treaties and declarations. On the other hand, they should show appropriate respect for the domestic authorities, expressions of the majority’s conception of national identity, and regionally shared values and balancing of rights and other important public values. These courts and commissions should grant some discretion to local authorities, possibly also to less democratic modes of governance – but within limits.


PluriCourts Lunch Seminars are a forum for pluridisciplinary discussion of core issues relating to international courts and tribunals. PluriCourts scholars or invited speakers present new and ongoing research or comment on current questions. The seminars are open to everyone.

Published Nov. 15, 2019 11:25 AM - Last modified Nov. 15, 2019 11:25 AM